Vata Meditation "So Hum"


So Hum is referred to as Mahamantra “The Greatest Mantra”, and in Sanskrit, the most ancient of languages, the sound of the inhalation is termed "So", and the exhalation is "Hum".

Combined So-Hum is translated as "I Am That".


During this meditation, the attention given to these two silent words brings attention to an active mind, and gradually both the breath and the sound will become quieter, and quieter until the breath becomes so quiet that it almost seems to stop along with the fluctuations of the mind.


Here is how to do it:

Find a comfortable seated posture.

Place your hands on your thighs and gently close your eyes.

Keep the chest lifted, relax your shoulders, jaw and scalp.

Draw your chin in slightly and lengthen the back of neck.

Draw your chin in slightly and lengthen the back of the neck as you bring your attention to the rhythm of your breath, observe the gentle inhalations and exhalations.

On your inhalation listen for the sound of "So."

And as you exhale, listen for the sound of "Hum".

Focus on your breath while silently repeating "So-Hum."

There is no need to force or concentrate, just listen to the sound, and whenever you lose it, gently return to it.

During this meditation, the attention given to the two silent words brings attention to an active mind, and gradually both the breath and the sound will become quieter, and quieter until the breath becomes so quiet that it almost seems to stop along with the fluctuations of the mind.


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